Arkansas Update: Post Offices Off the Closing Lists

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Word comes from Arkansas today that a dozen post offices, as well as a couple of others we'd heard about previously, have been removed from the list of those in the state being studied for closure under the Retail Access Optimization Initiative.  That's brings to nearly a hundred the number of post offices removed from the RAOI (most of them in Alaska).  

There were 179 Arkansas post offices on the RAOI list, so over 90% remain in jeopardy.  Plus, there are 29 Arkansas post offices on the "non-RAOI" list of 727 offices under closure study (released the day after the RAOI).  Of those, at least 16 have closed or received final determination notices.  

Information continues to trickle in about closings and final determination notices, but it remains difficult to produce complete lists.  As October comes to an end, several more non-RAOI post offices have closed, but no post office on the RAOI list has received a final determination notice yet.  That could change over the coming weeks, since many closure studies got started in early August and they should be completing the 60-day comment period soon.  Final decisions may take only a few days more.

In the meantime, appeals keep coming in at the Postal Regulatory Commission.  They're up to about 150 for the year — about 65 through August, plus 43 in September and 42 in October.  With nearly 600 closings (including final determinations) so far this year, that's a rate of about 25%, which would mean hundreds of appeals over the coming months.  The PRC has posted a "Help Wanted" notice for ten attorneys to help process the "influx" of appeals.

If you have information about a closing or a post office being removed from consideration, please let us know.


 

ARKANSAS POST OFFICES OFF THE RAOI LIST AS OF OCT. 31, 2011

CARTHAGE 112 W OAK ST CARTHAGE AR 71725-9998
CASSCOE 1040 HIGHWAY 33 CASSCOE AR 72026-9998
COLUMBUS 2803 HIGHWAY 73 W COLUMBUS AR 71831-9998
EVANSVILLE 20905 S HWY 59 EVANSVILLE AR 72729-9998
HOT SPRINGS NATL PK 620 CENTRAL AVE STE 1A HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK AR 71901-5302
KNOBEL 260 MAPLE ST KNOBEL AR 72435-9998
LITTLE ROCK 4700 E MCCAIN BLVD LITTLE ROCK AR 72231-9112
LITTLE ROCK 13501 OTTER CREEK PKWY LITTLE ROCK AR 72210-9997
MONTROSE 1400 HIGHWAY 165 N MONTROSE AR 71658-9998
NEW HOPE 5638 HIGHWAY 70 W NEWHOPE AR 71959-9998
ROSSTON 4463 US HIGHWAY 371 ROSSTON AR 71858-9998
ST PAUL 190 5TH ST SAINT PAUL AR 72760-9998
WASHINGTON 211 FRANKLIN ST WASHINGTON AR 71862-9998
WITTS SPRINGS 387 W HIGHWAY 16 WITTS SPRINGS AR 72686-9998

ARKANSAS POST OFFICES AS OF OCT. 31, 2011

[black = closed; brown = final determination posted; green = no longer under closure study] [view:closed_po_map=panel_pane_3]

(Photo credit: Witts Springs post office)

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